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Functional Genomics Core Facility


The SDSU Functional Genomics Core Facility (SDSU-FGCF) exists to facilitate interdisciplinary gene function research and training in viral, bacterial, plant and animal systems. This is accomplished by providing researchers with: 1) access to expensive, cutting-edge technologies (i.e. instrumentation) for functional genomics research at a minimal cost, 2) training and support on the optimal uses of these technologies 3) an opportunity to assist with and influence future purchases of functional genomics-related equipment.

User Run Facility:

Researchers are responsible for providing their own labor. Training is available from the facilities manager. In many cases, instructions and user information is available at the "User Documentation" found in the FGCF Equipment pages associated with each instrument. Prices for the use of equipment are found on a separate page.

Access to the FGCF and Use of Equipment:

The SDSU-FGCG suite is located in the basement (Room 047) of the Northern Plains Biostress Laboratory (SNP) and consists of 3 laboratory rooms containing various equipment necessary for studying the functions of genes. This multiuse suite is accessible 24/7 for registered users. All SDSU faculty and students can become registered users. Contractual arrangements can also be made for students, faculty and staff from other universities and for industry employees to become registered users. To gain access to the rooms and to use the equipment, you must first send Dr. Liping Gu an email providing the following information:

  • Last Name
  • First Name
  • E-mail address
  • Department
  • Phone number
  • SDSU ID number
  • Person to be billed

Approximately 1-2 days after submitting this information, your SDSU student/faculty/staff ID card will be activated so that you can open the core's swipe-card door-system into the core suite. Your FGCF user name and password will be sent to you via email. To use any equipment in the FGCF, you must type your Pharos user name and password into the computer associated with the instrument. There is a  pre-set maximum usage time for each instrument and the computer will shut down at the end of the allotted time. It will give you a short warning before shutting down, so it is very important to save any open computer files at that time. To end the billing period prior to the allotted time, you must log off of the computer (select "Start" then "Log Off"). Do not save any data on the computers in the FGCF because they will turn themselves off each night and all of the files saved during that day will be deleted.

You can use the equipment on a "walk-in" basis if no one is already using the instrument that you need. If you are using a SDSU campus computer, you can schedule a time-slot to use each instrument online.

Acknowledgments for Use of FGCF Equipment:

Use one of these statements when acknowledging use of the FGCF on publications:

"This material is based upon work conducted using the South Dakota State University Functional Genomics Core Facility supported in part by the National Science Foundation/EPSCoR Grant No. 0091948 and by the State of South Dakota."


"We acknowledge use of the SDSU-FGCF supported in part by NSF/EPSCoR Grant No. 0091948 and by the State of South Dakota"

Funding in part provided by:

  • NSF-EPSCoR Grant No. 0091948
  • Center of Excellence in Drought Tolerance through the South Dakota 2010 Initiative
  • SDSU College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences
  • South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station
  • Department of Biology and Microbiology
  • Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences